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Aug 26, 2013 5:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, august 27th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> united nations inspectors are pressing lead in syria even after coming under attack. they're looking into allegations about the use of chemical weapons in the syrian civil war, but they were delayed when snipers started shooting at them. the investigators set out to look into claims that last wednesday government forces used poison gas on opposition neighborhoods. but unidentified gunmen started shooting at their convoy crippling one of their vehicles. no one was hurt. the inspectors switched vehicles and continued on their way. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon launched a protest through the mission leader in syria. >> i from instructed them to reduce the strong imprint to the syrian government of opposition forces so that this will never happen. >> opposition forces say government forces killed hundreds of people in the attacks last wednesday. the inspectors visited two hospitals to collect blood samples from patients. and they're planning to vis
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Aug 30, 2013 5:30pm PDT
and preparing to fly out of syria. they've finished gathering evidence on the use of chemical weapons. the experts have spent four days collecting samples and interviewing hospital staff. they were looking into allegations president bashar al assad's troops used chemical weapons last week. several hundred people are believed dead from the attack. the inspectors will now send material for laboratory analysis, then they'll report to u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. syrian state tv has reported foreign minister walid al-moallem spoke over the phone with tun chief. he said syrian leaders would reject the report if they judge it incomplete. u.s. president barack obama says he has not made a final decision on how to respond to the chemical attack. obama said the syrian military's use of chemical weapons poses a security threat to the united states. he said he's considering a limited narrow military action but will not send ground forces. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by inte
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Aug 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. >>> u.s. leaders and their allies are gearing up for possible military action against syria. they believe syrian forces were responsible for a chemical weapons attack last week on opposition neighborhoods. some u.s. media report they could launch a strike within days. opposition activists say last wednesday, government forces used poison gas in an attack on the suburbs of damascus. they say hundreds of people were killed. senior u.s. officials told nbc news that they could launch missile strikes against syria as early as thursday. sources say they're planning three days of strikes. but they say they don't want to topple syrian president bashar al assad, or cripple his military. rather, they say, they want to send assad a message. >>> the white house press secretary says president barack obama is still considering his options. jay carney says the president has not made his decision. >> the president continues to work with his national security team, reviewing the options available to him. and when he has made a decision and has an announcement to make, he'll make it. so that
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Aug 28, 2013 6:00am PDT
we are following this hour. >>> the world braces for a possible military strike by the u.s. and allies against the forces of syrian president al assad. >>> nuclear regulators in japan officially raise the level of the leak of radio active water in fukushima and now consider it a serious incident. >>> and 50 years after his "i have a dream" speech, martin luther king jr. continues to inspire people in the u.s. and around the world with his message of equal rights for all. >>> britain is working to lay the groundwork for international action against syria over allegations the military there is behind a deadly chemical weapons attack. david cameron says his country will draft a resolution to the u.n. security council to protect civilians from this type of attack. cameron says the resolution is based on chapter 7 of the u.n. charter which stipulates how to deal with threats against peace. he will condemn the regime of president bashar al assad for an attack that happened last week. it will be put to the security council in new york on wednesday. britain has urged council member
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Jul 31, 2013 5:30pm PDT
failed. high levels of radioactivity have detected in the well sites. tepco has been using a hardening agent to try to solidify the embankment of the power plant to a depth of 16 meters. it hopes that might stop the tainted water from leaking into the pacific. but company officials admit water levels in one of the contaminated wells have risen by about one meter since the work began in early july. it says construction work on the embankment is likely causing the problem. the company says it's struggling to harden the top layer of the soil, and water may be seeping out. the failures propted the head of the state's nuclear regulator to credit size the utility. he said tepco had no sense of crisis despite the emergency. >>> japan's government has pledged to lower issuances of new bonds from next spring. prime minister shinzo abe wants to half japan's staggering deficit of $340 billion by fiscal 2015. a government panel has drafted the outlines of a midterm plan to rebuild the nation's fiscal health. the plan lays out specific steps to reduce the deficit. the government wants to improve it
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Aug 2, 2013 6:00am PDT
and some u.s. lawmakers are criticizing russian leaders for giving an american fugitive safe harbor. they call it a disappointment and a disgrace. u.s. authorities want the former intelligence contractor because he leaked details of top secret government surveillance programs. snowden walked out of an airport in moscow after spending five weeks inside. he's facing charges of espionage and theft after revealing the national security agency collects private phone and internet data. spokespersons say the edition will ndecision will not affect relations with the u.s. >> we are extremely disappointed that the russian government would take this step despite our clear and lawful requests in public and private to have mr. snowden expelled to the united states to face the charges against him. >> carney suggested president obama may cancel a meeting scheduled next month with vladimir putin. john mccain described russia's decision as a disgrace and called for a review of u.s.-russia ties. snowden's lawyer says his client wants to use his information technology expertise to earn a living in rus
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Aug 27, 2013 5:30pm PDT
result in military action by the united states and some european nations. some u.s. media report u.s. forces could strike syria within a couple of days. nbc news says senior u.s. officials told them missile strikes against syria could be launched as early as thursday. the sources say three-day strikes are planned and would be limited in scope. they would be aimed at sending a message to syrian president bashar al assad. white house spokesman says the u.s. response to syria has not yet been decided. >> the president continues to work with his national security team reviewing the options available to him. when he has made a decision he will make the announcement. he said the u.s. has a firm assessment that the assad regime has maintained control of the chemical weapons stock pile. carney also said the u.s. officials will release the findings of the probe within a week. >> translator: the chemical massacre of damascus cannot go without a response and france is ready to punish those who took the decision to gas innocent people. he said he will increase french military support to syria's
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Aug 2, 2013 5:30pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. u.s. governmen officials are warning al qaeda may soon launch terror attacks in the middle east and north africa. they're taking defensive measures to protect american facilities and citizens. state department officials say they'll temporarily close embassies on sunday in 17 muslim countries including iraq, libya, egypt and afghanistan. they issued a global travel alert based on information suggesting al qaeda members are planning attacks. they say they see a threat between now and the end of this month. >>> u.s. officials stepped up their security at diplomatic facility last year. militants in libya killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador in september. a man lit up a bomb this february at the u.s. embassy in turkey. >>> the latest u.s. jobs data are presenting a mixed picture. fewer americans were out of work, but job growth fell short of economists' expectations. analysts are trying to figure out whether the numbers will prompt fed policymakers to scale down their economic stimulus measures. officials at the u
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Aug 26, 2013 5:30pm PDT
the takens are alleged to have taken place. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said there's undeniable evidence of a large scale chemical weapons attack. >> president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the word's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> they've been contacting u.s. allies to discuss ways to respond. they plan to carry on with their work, but experts are divided about whether chemical weapons were even used. more from nhk world's chi yam ma geeshy. >> reporter: opposition leaders say the syrian military used chemical weapons last wednesday to hit targets in the suburbs of damascus. they say hundreds of people were killed, government officials argue the claims are baseless. members of the u.n. security council have expressed concern. syrian leaders first refused to grant a team of u.n. inspectors access to the site of the alleged attacks. international pressure caused them to reverse that decision. opinions vary on whether chemical weapons were used. spokes perns for doctors without borders say about 3,600 peopl
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Aug 30, 2013 6:00am PDT
we are following this hour. >>> u.s. leaders say they're mulling over military action against syria, but that option has drawn a lukewarm response from other allied countries. >>> workers at japan's crippled nuclear plant are failing to stop leaks of radioactive water. nuclear watch explores a crisis that's pushed government officials to take control. >>> u.n. inspectors investigating alleged use of chemical weapons are scheduled to leave syria on saturday. western leaders believe syrian government forces were behind last week's attack that killed hundreds of civilians in the suburbs of damascus. u.s. president barack obama and his allies are considering military action, but they're facing strong opposition. british prime minister david cameron's coalition government proposed a motion that would have authorized british forces to join a strike, but a majority of lawmakers, including members of his own party, rejected the motion. >> the is to the right, 272. the nos to the left 285. so the nos have it. >> it is clear to me that the british parliament reflecting the views of the britis
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Aug 6, 2013 6:00am PDT
in hiroshima to mark the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing. >>> and a u.s. air force helicopter crash in okinawa deepens concerns among residents who worry about the american military aircraft that crisscross their skies. >>> officials appointed by the fukushima government have made an emergency visit to the damaged nuclear plant. they're investigating whether the operator of fukushima daiichi are doing enough to stop leaks of contaminated water, and they're unimpressed by what they found. the 22 officials are part of a council that's overseeing the decommissioning of the plant including municipal government staff and nuclear industry experts. the team inspected areas of the compound where contaminated ground water has been seeping into the sea. they assessed an underground tunnel that's believed to be filled with highly radioactive wastewater. officials then monitored work that's been done to reinforce embankments between the number two reactor and the sea. crews constructed barriers to contain the water. several members of the team voiced frustration at the way tepco has been handli
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Aug 9, 2013 5:30pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. u.s. president barack obama says he's reassessing relations with russia. he says american and russian leaders differ on a growing number of issues. obama spoke two days after canceling a summit with russian president vladimir putin. he says the u.s. relationship with russia changed after putin took over from dmitry medvedev. >> when president putin, who was prime minister when medvedev was president, came back into power, i think we saw more rhetoric on the russian side that was anti-american that played into some of the old stereotypes about the cold war contest between the united states and russia. >> u.s. and russian officials have been at loggerheads over the russian decision to grant temporary asylum to the american fugitive edward snowden. obama said the snowden episode reflects one of many emerging differences. >> it is probably appropriate for us to take a pause, reassess where it is that russia's going, what our core interests are, and cal ib rate the relationships. >> obama said that the russian position on th
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Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm PDT
.n. inspectors in syria has begun investigating claims that chemical weapons are being used in the country's civil war. the opposition forces on wednesday accused the government of using such weapons leading to hundreds of deaths. the u.n. team is focusing on three locations. they include a suburb in the northern city of aleppo where chemical weapons were allegedly used in march. u.n. officials say they've received reports of 13 cases where sarin and other chemical weapons are suspected of having been used. the latest was on wednesday. an anti-government activist says government forces fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons on an opposition stronghold in a suburb of damascus, killing hundreds of people. another activist says more than 1300 people were killed. a government official denies the allegation. syria's state-run news agency quotes the official as saying the opposition is making the claims to disrupt the u.n. inspections. an anti-government activist has asked the u.n. team to inspect the site of wednesday's attack, but the team's movements and actions are being restricted by th
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Aug 25, 2013 5:30pm PDT
access. u.s. secretary-general ban ki-moon said they will visit the government officials agreed to a cease-fire in the area to ensure the safety of the investigators. spokespersons for doctors without borders sd three hospitals received about 3,600 people in the hours after the alleged attacks. they say 355 of those patients died. government officials have denied using chemical weapons. state-run tv reported such weapons were found in an armory belonging to opposition forces. u.s. president barack obama discussed the situation with david cameron on saturday. they expressed grave concern over the use of chemical weapons. they also agreed to consult closely about potential responses by the international community. obama convened a meeting of the national security council. he received a detailed review of the options the international community can take in reaction to the alleged use of chemical weapons. u.s. media report that the u.s. reinforced guided missile destroyers off the coast of syria. observers say obama remains cautious about military intervention without any concrete e
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Aug 13, 2013 5:00pm PDT
hiroshima to the u.s. they were made prisoners in their adopted home. now he has returned to hiroshima. >> we are probably the last generation of people that experienced the story ourselves in our personal lives and our family. and if we don't tell that story, who will? >> reporter: breaking the silence, dramatizing the hardship that three generations of japanese-americans endured and overcame. actors have performed the play more than 200 times over nearly three decades in the united states. the show in hiroshima will be the first premiere abroad. ♪ >> like most newcomers, early japanese came to america full of hope. >> reporter: 340,000 japanese went to america before the second world war. many worked on farms, but laws prohibited them from owning land or even becoming american citizens. >> no japs! >> go home! >> go home, japs! >> reporter: he lived in seattle with his parents and brothers. the u.s. entered the war in 1941 after japan attacked pearl harbor. the government sent 120,000 japanese-americans to internment camps in deserts and swamps. his family was among them. he was 10
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Aug 11, 2013 5:30pm PDT
nuclear waste for a long period of time, even if earthquakes and crustal movements occur. they'll use knowledge learned from the march 2011 quake and nuclear disaster. >>> athletes and coaches from other countries suspected for years that thir competitors from the former west germany were cheating. now german researchers have reported that doping there was systematic. the government affiliated federal institute of sports science released a report on banned drugs. researchers from humble university in berlin revealed the study. they started engaging in doepg in 1949, soon after germany divided into west and east. by 1960, they used a banned drug, and it was well organized. they say that cyclists and hockey players on national teams were given drugs made from calves' blood. they say the practice was conducted under the pretext of research. the report says even after the reunification of germany in 1990, there were still more loopholes. they're calling for more rigorous testing. >>> senior u.s. lawmakers are to visit japan to discuss bilateral and regional matters with officials. robert
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Aug 9, 2013 6:00am PDT
ii, a u.s. warplane dropped an atomic bomb on nagasaki. the explosion killed almost everyone within one kilometer instantly. over 70,000 people died by the end of the year. people from nagasaki, from across japan and around the world gather together every year to remember. [ bell ringing ] at 11:02, the time the bomb was dropped, they pause for a moment of silence. [ bell tolling ] representatives of victims' families, survivors and the mayor presented a list of more than 3,400 names, the names of survivors who died this year and others newly recognized as victims. through the years, more than 162,000 people have been honored. many of those who spoke criticized the japanese government. in april, representatives of more than 70 countries reached an agreement at a conference for the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. their statement said nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances. japanese delegates refused to sign. >> translator: if the japanese government cannot support the remark that nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances, it implies that the
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Aug 13, 2013 5:30pm PDT
at a university in okinawa, southern japan are remembering a terrifying day on their campus. a u.s. helicopter crash there nine years ago. the school marked the anniversary by calling for a nearby american military base to be shut down. >> translator: nine years ago, a u.s. military helicopter crashed on campus, went up in flames and terrified the faculty, students and people living nearby. another accident can happen as long as the u.s. futenma air station exists and the osprey aircraft keep flying over the city. >> the president of the university urged the japanese and u.s. governments to close the futenma air station. he said the site should be returned to okinawa. a helicopter from the base went down on campus in 2004. no one died. it was one of more than 40 crashes by u.s. military aircraft in okinawa since the prefecture reverted to japanese control in 1972. last week a helicopter slammed into a hillside at a different base killing one crew member. okinawa assembly lawmakers visited the defense ministry in tokyo to deliver a petition for an investigation. they also handed a petition to t
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Aug 14, 2013 5:30pm PDT
leadership has acted. he was reluctant to use force to remove morsi supporters. he called on the opposing sides to resolve the crisis through dialogue. leaders from the u.s. and the united nations have also condemned the crackdown. they say it will push egypt further into turmoil. u.s. secretary of state john kerry issued a statement denouncing the heavy-handed actions of security forces. >> the united states strongly condemns today's violence and bloodshed across egypt. it's a serious blow to reconciliation and the egyptian people's hopes for a transition towards democracy and inclusion. >> white house spokesperson josh earnest said the obama administration was likely to suspend its financial aid. the u.s. will give egypt $1.5 billion this fiscal year. most of it will go to the military. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said he sympathized with egyptians who were weary of the protest, but he urged opposing groups to take a peaceful path towards democracy and prosperity. nhk world's yu kobayashi has been following this story in cairo. he talked earlier about the doubts he sees over the
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Aug 27, 2013 6:00am PDT
we're following this hour. >>> u.s. leaders are pointing allies weigh possible military action. >>> there's progress in a humanitarian issue between north korea and japan. experts have arrived in the north to search for remains. >>> and some women in china are finding new ways to cover up during their day at the beach. >>> united nations officials investigating alleged chemical weapons attack in syria say they have postponed a second day of inspections. the united states and some european nations are putting pressure on the syrian government with the possibility of military operations. the u.n. experts left a damascus hotel on tuesday, but they later said they put off their inspections for a day due to security reasons. they called on all parties to cooperate so they can conduct inspections safely. the alleged use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds of people including children happened last wednesday in a suburb of the capital damascus. the opposition forces and the government blame each other for the attack. >> we know that the syrian regime maintains custody of these ch
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Aug 5, 2013 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." a u.s. military helicopter has crashed in japan's southernmost prefecture of okinawa. police say some of the crew members sustained injuries in the incident. american officials have confirmed that the aircraft went down during an exercise. the crash occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. within the perimeter of camp hansen, a u.s. military base in the northern part of the main island. u.s. officials have confirmed at least four crew members were on board. they say they don't have any details about injuries. there are no reports of casualties on the ground. local officials say they've been barred from accessing the crash site. the accident involved a u.s. air force hh-60 based in kaneda. it's a type of helicopter used in rescue operations. >> translator: this accident is an extremely regrettable manner. we've asked u.s. authorities to disclose information quickly to investigate the cause of the crash and to take measures to prevent a recurrence. >> residents near camp hansen have expressed their concerns over safety. >> translator: it would be a disaste
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Aug 29, 2013 6:00am PDT
are considering all options for dealing with the crisis in syria. u.s. president barack obama says he believes syrian government forces used chemical weapons on civilians. obama and his allies are considering military action. the leader of syria's main opposition alliance is urging a swift strike against the regime of president bashar al assad. syrian national coalition chief made the appeal during talks with french president francois hollande. he stressed the need to seek a political solution, but he added this can only be achieved if the international community is capable of bringing a stop to the escalation of violence. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon says a team of investigators investigating the use of chemical weapons will leave on saturday. >> they will continue investigation activities until tomorrow, friday. and they will come out of syria by saturday morning and will report to me. >> u.n. officials had earlier said the inspectors would stay until early september to conduct investigations at four sites in syria. the u.n. security council has not been able to reach an agreement on h
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Aug 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
a one-year asylum. it angered u.s. leaders and left relations up in the air. snowden arrived from hong kong in late june and has been holed up in the transit zone ever since. his lawyers say he is free to go. >> translator: snowden has left the airport anded hadded for a safer place. >> he wants to move on to latin america that offered him permanent asylum. he worked on contract as an intelligence analyst for the national security agency. he told the guardian newspaper and other media that agents collect private internet and phone data. they defended the surveillance programs saying they prevented terrorist attacks. spokes purposes for the russian presidential office said the decision grant asylum will not affect relations with the u.s. the white house press secretary was less clear cut. >> we are extremely disappointed that the russian government would take this step despite our clear and lawful requests to have mr. snowden expelled to the united states to face the charges against him. >> he said president barack obama would attend the g-20 summit in st. petersburg in september, but t
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Aug 19, 2013 5:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, august 20th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>>ed leeers of ja man and russia will meet face to face on a long standing territorial dispute. prime minister shinzo abe and president vladimir putin will talk next month on the sidelines of a summit of the group of 20 nations. they'll try to find common ground over four russian-held islands claimed by japan. deputy foreign minister sugiyama and igo morgolov met in moscow. japanese officials say they didn't make much progress toward resolving differences but the diplomats agreed to make arrangements for abe and putin to talk early next month at the g-20 meetings in st. petersburg, russia. the leaders agreed in april to restart negotiations over the islands. they said they would work towards finding a mutually accept solution and conclude igiing a peace treaty. >>> china's defense minister has warned others not to underestimate the chinese. chang wanquan issued the warning after a meeting with chuck hagel. china is caught up in a number of territorial
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Jul 31, 2013 5:00pm PDT
detected in monitoring wells in the plant site and nearby waters since may. tepco has been using a hardening agent to try to solidify the embankment of the plant to a depth of 16 meters and hopes that might stop the tainted water from leaking into the pacific. officials admit water levels in the contaminated well have risen by about one meter since the walk began in early july. the construction work on the embankment is likely causing the problem. the sump said they are struggling to harden the top layer of the soil and water may be seeping out. they prompted the head of the state's regulator to criticize the utility. they had no sense of crisis despite the emergency. japan's government pledged to lower issuances from next string. they want to have the staggering balance deficit of $340 billion by fiscal 2015. a government panel drafted the outlines of a mid-term plan to rebuild the nation's fiscal health. that i lay out steps to reduce the deficit. they want to improve the account balance by $80 billion between fiscal 2014 and 2015. to achieve this, they said they will keep issu
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Aug 14, 2013 5:00pm PDT
acted. he had been reluct apt to use force to remove morsi supporters. he called on the 1ds to result the crisis through dialogue. leaders from the u.s. and the united nations condemned the crack down. they say it will push egypt further into turmoil. u.s. secretary of state john kerry issued a statement denouncing the actions of security forces. >> the united states strongly condemns today's violence and bloodshed. it's a serious blow to reconciliation and the hopes if are a transition towards democracy and inclusion. >> the white house spokesperson josh earnest said the obama administration was unlikely to suspend financial aid. they will give egypt $1.5 billion this fiscal year. most will give to the military. the secretary general said he sympathized with egyptians who were weary, but urged them to take a path towards democracy and prosperity. china issued a statement on japanese prime minister abe's decision not to visit a controversial shrine on thursday. the anniversary of the end of world war ii. the shrine honors the war dead including leaders convicted of war crimes after th
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Aug 8, 2013 5:30pm PDT
the world will soon fill a park in nagasaki to remember the city's darkest day. 68 years ago the u.s. military dropped an atomic bomb there three days after it attacked hiroshima. the mayor of nagasakiy is expected to urge the japanese government to do more to rid the world of nuclear weapons. survivors and rel toivs the victims arrived at peace park near ground zero ahead of the memorial ceremony to offer prayers. >> translator: an atomic bombing should never happen again. i hope there will be no more victims. >> the memorial ceremony will begin at 10:35 a.m. japan time. about representatives from 44 countries will attend along with prime minister shinzo abe. the park will fall silent at 11:02, the moment the bomb was dropped. nagasaki mayor tomihisa taue is expected to read a peace declaration. he's expected to criticize the abe administration for refusing in april to sign a statement by the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. the statement called for nuclear weapons never to be used under any circumstances. that wording conflicts with japan's national security policy which places the
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Aug 13, 2013 6:00am PDT
to increase that trust. >> wakata will also train in the u.s. and germany before traveling to the space station on the russian soyuz spacecraft. >>> the managers of a resort in the u.s. state of florida are checking if their facility is safe after a sinkhole swallowed part of it. the ground caved in beneath a three-story building. three dozen guests got out before it was too late. the sinkhole opened up late sunday night at the summer bay resort in the town of claremont. it's about 15 meters across and three meters deep. the associated press says guests reported windows were shattering. staff evacuated the three-story building, which is all but destroyed. the nearby structure is damaged. the summer bay resort is located about 15 kilometers from walt disney world. it's a popular place to stay for families on vacation. sinkholes occur frequently in florida. they form when groundwater erodes limestone in the bedrock. a florida man disappeared earlier this year when one opened under his home while he was in bed. >>> members of japan's maritime self-defense force have carried out a dangerous
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Aug 23, 2013 6:00am PDT
allegation of chemical weapons use. >>> the former rising star of the communist party bo xailai fights back on the second day of his trial denying all charges against him. >>> an official with japan's nuclear -- told them to ask for help if needed. workers scramble to deal with leaks of highly radioactive water. 300 tons of water seeped from the storage plant. workers detected the leak on monday. they've been checking about 350 tanks of the same design to make sure no other water is getting out. he criticized tepco for not considering the possibility of a leak. he said the utility was ill-prepared and said the company should have been keeping records of radiation levels near the tanks on a regular basis. tepco officials told him they need more workers to oversee the site. >> translator: we want officials with tokyo electric power company to admit the limits of their efforts instead of simply repeating that they are doing their best. they should speak up about what they need. >> tepco officials should voice any other concerns they have about funding their operations. plant managers say some
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Aug 26, 2013 6:00am PDT
will be able to do its job safely and thoroughly. the inspectors are trying to look int military used poison gas last week with deadly effect. as nhk world tells us, people around the world are waiting for their report. >> reporter: opposition leaders say the syrian military used chemical weapons last wednesday to hit targets in suburbs of damascus. they say hundreds of people were killed. government officials argue the claims are absolutely baseless. members of the u.n. security council have expressed grave concern. syrian leaders first refused to grant the team of u.n. inspectors access to the site of the alleged attack. international pressure forced them to reverse that decision. opinions vary on whether chemical weapons were used. spokespersons for doctors say about 3,600 people went to hospitals after the alleged attacks. they say 355 of them died. >> what we can tell that an important number of patients, very important number of patients, they came within three hours with neurotoxic symptoms. and this is not normal. we are almost sure, even 100% sure that neurotoxic agent have been use
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Aug 13, 2013 7:30am EDT
. >>> sayaka mori from our weather team joins us now. tell us what's behind all this heat. >> yes, it's imbearably hot in many parts of the northern hemisphere. several high-pressure systems are to blame. across east asia, many record highs set in east china, south korea and western and central japan. in fact, in japan, tens of thousands of people have been carried to hospitals due to heatstroke so far this year. now, this is the reason. we have the pacific high which is very strong this year. on top of that, we have another high, the tibetan high. the two high-pressure systems are compressing the air and working as a powerful heat engine. the height of the highs are actually nearly 15 kilometers. now, heat is not going anywhere, unfortunately. kyoto in the mid 30s into your friday. nearly 40 degrees in parts of china and daegu running six degrees higher than usual for the next three days. across a different side of the world over iberian peninsula and northwestern africa, wildfires have been reported. and the reason is we have the atlantic high right here and another high, that's nor
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Aug 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
. some welcome a different angle on the news while others say it's biased against the u.s. >>> and the friends and family of a japanese war correspondent are remembering her one year after her death and trying to spread her message. >>> workers at the damaged fukushima daiichi plant say a leakage of contaminated water may have gone undetected for some time. they say the storage tank doesn't have a water level gauge and their monitoring may not have been adequate. workers found a puddle forming just outside a low wall surrounding tanks near reactor number four. they confirmed one of the tanks lost more than 300 tons of water. the water contains high levels of radioactive substances. officials of the tokyo electric power company says the tank has no water gauge. they say the workers didn't notice the leak in their daily inspections until they saw the puddle outside the barrier. nuclear regulators urged the utility to check 350 tanks of the same structure in the compound. >> translator: if a leak occurred at one tank, we should assume it could happen at other tanks as well. >
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Aug 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
-term solution is storage. there's no long-term solution. nhk world walks us through the issue. >> reporter: workers pour 100 tons of cooling water every day into the three reactors where the meltdown took place. the water comes into direct contact with molten fuel and becomes highly contaminated. company officials initially thought they would be able to reuse the contaminated water to cool the reactors. but then they discovered groundwater was seeping into the reactor buildings. they have to adapt their plan to address the 400 tons of contaminated water being pumped out every day. the company installs devices that were supposed to filter out the majority of the radioactive substances from the water. but so far cesium is the only substance they've been able to remove. the stored water remains highly contaminated without the materials. company officials say they are now storing some 340,000 tons of contaminated water in 1,000 tanks. they plan to add more tanks to increase capacity to 700,000 tons. but the tanks have been hastily built. experts have often pointed out how vulnerable they are t
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Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
's thursday, august 29dth. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> u.s. president barack obama said u.s. officials have concluded that syrian forces used chemical weapons on civilians. in an interview on public television, he said members of his administration do not believe the opposition could have carried out such a attacks. handy said there needs to be international consequences. obama back upped syrian opposition leaders who say last week government forces attacked their neighborhoods in the suburbs of damascus. they say hundreds of people were killed. u.s. commanders say they're ready to launch strikes if president obama orders an attack. syria's prime minister took to state tv to warn them not to. he told them and their allies that syria would become their graveyard. he said the world still remembers how the west started the war in iraq ten years ago. he said u.s. officials falsely claimed the iraqis possessed weapons of mass destruction, then guided international opinion in the wrong direction. residents of damascus are preparing for the worst. they're stocking up on food and ot
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Aug 7, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. >>> the u.s. and russia are still at loggerheads over the decision to grant fugitive edward snowden temporary asylum. washington admits that decision was a factor behind the cancellation of a moscow summit between president barack obama and president vladimir putin. the one on one meeting was supposed to take place next month ahead of the g-20 summit in st. petersburg. white house officials say obama will go to the g-20 meeting. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues that a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> she also cited the gap between the two sides on missile defense, nuclear disarmament and human rights, but she says that the u.s. is committed to dialogue with moscow. she said her government will host a meeting of russian and foreign defense ministers on friday as scheduled. many senior u.s. lawmakers have supported obama's decision. washington says it will continue demanding snowden's extradition. putin's presidential aide is disappointed at the summit cancellation. he said the decision clearly shows the u.s. is
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Aug 6, 2013 5:30pm PDT
was formally the site of a u.s. navy base. the 3,250-ton cutter was used by the u.s. coast guard. >> translator: the arrival is proof of our resolve to have an armed forces that can truly defend our country. >> the philippine navy has about 130 warships, mostly small or mid-sized. it is the second large type the philippines has received from the u.s. >>> people in myanmar are celebrating the 25th anniversary of a nationwide pro democracy uprising. in august of 1988, the government used force against 200,000 protesters led by students and killed or injured more than 1,000. now the country's leadership is supporting the event organizers to show how far myanmar has progressed with democratization. about 3,000 people attended the event. participants included those who joined the uprising and now live overseas as political refugees. the government issued temporary visas for them. former political prisoners also joined the gathering. the leader of the uprising spoke of working with the government. >> translator: there is a hope that there are some forces on the other side who are willing to work with
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Aug 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
forces used tear gas, some died of suffocation in a van. members say they may have been killed intentionally. >>> violence has been unfolding in part of egypt that has a history of unrest. an armed group ambushed police officers in the sinai peninsula and killed 24. it happened in the town of rafah. islamist militants are believed to be behind the attack. the recent wave of violence started last wednesday after security forces moved in to clear two protest camps in cairo. muslim brotherhood leaders have called for their supporters to continue nationwide protests on monday. >>> united nations inspectors are getting ready to get down to work in syria. they're there to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons. government and opposition forces have accused each other of using such weapons in their civil war. the inspectors are scheduled to visit three locations over the next two weeks, members of the government bashar al assad say they'll cooperate, but the investigators still face challenges in their work. several months have passed since chemical weapons were reported to
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Aug 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
're waiting to find out whether u.s. forces and their allies will attack their country. western leaders believe last week syrian troops attacked civilians in the suburbs of damascus with chemical weapons. opposition activists say hundreds of people were killed. u.s. president barack obama and other leaders believe such action can't go unpunished. state-run tv quoted president bashar al assad as saying syria will defend itself against any aggression. he said an assault will only strengthen national unity. prime minister called a meeting of cabinet ministers. he said authorities need to prevent their enemies from disrupting state services such as electricity, drinking water, communications, food and oil. many residents are trying to flee into neighboring lebanon. those who have chosen to stay are doing whatever they can to prepare for a siege. the possibility of an attack from abroad has not stopped the fight inside syria. opposition activists at least 43 people were killed in the latest battles. >>> a syrian opposition leader says western forces need to act quickly to prevent any more ch
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Aug 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
targeted towns with poison gas. humans of people were reportedly killed. u.s. government officials are urging syrian authorities to grant access to the sites. >> if the regime has nothing to do with these attacks, if there was not a use of chemical weapons here, there is no reason they wouldn't let the un team on the ground, available, happy to investigate in to do just that. >> she said the secretary of state john kerry spoke on the phone with secretary general moon and with french foreign minster. syrian opposition leaders claim that government forces fired rocks loaded with chemical weapons in i suburb of damascus. they demanded the allegations and say the claims are absolutely baseless. the authorities in egypt have released former president mubarak from prison, but he is not free. they went to the military hospital and put him under house arrest. they are believed to be carrying mubarak left the jail in cairo and flees to the hospital. he is 85 and spent the last two years behind bars. a court ruled he could no longer legally be held. he faces charges of is you pressing anti-g
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Aug 9, 2013 7:30am EDT
. the statement said nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances. japanese delegates refused to sign. >> translator: it implies the government would approve of their use under some circumstances. >> reporter: japanese rely on the nuclear umbrella of their u.s. allies as part of their security. still, prime minister shinzo abe said they have a duty because of their history. >> translator: japanese are the only people in the world to have suffered an atomic bombing during wartime. as such, we have a responsibility to help bring about a world without nuclear weapons. >> reporter: the average survivor is more than 78 years old. many are working as hard as ever to tell their stories so that theirs will be the last city to suffer such horrors. hiro morita, nhk world, nagasaki. >> the national peace institute reports that eight countries possess them. the u.s. and russia together account for over 90% of the stockpile. >>> the outgoing u.s. ambassador to japan was among the guests at the nagasaki ceremony. john roos told nhk he hopes president obama will one day visit hiroshima. roos
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Aug 23, 2013 5:30pm PDT
inspectors thoroughly investigate the latest allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons. opposition leaders in the country say government forces targeted their towns with poison gas. ban is taking the accusation seriously. >> any use of chemical weapons anywhere by anybody under any circumstances would violate international law. such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator. >> opposition leaders say forces loyal to president bashar al assad fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons at their stronghold in a suburb of damascus. they say the attack killed hundreds of people. government officials say the claims are absolutely baseless. u.n. inspectors are already in syria to look into previous incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. but the assad administration hasn't allowed them to investigate the latest case. ban ki-moon has instructed top u.n. disarmament officials to travel to damascus to press the government for full cooperation. u.s. government officials are also urging syrian authorities to grant u.n. inspectors full access. >> if t
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Aug 1, 2013 6:00am PDT
are following at this hour. >>> a lawyer for edward snowden says the u.s. intelligence leaker has left an airport in moscow and entered russia after being granted temporary asylum. >>> japan's deputy prime minister is eating his words. he's under fire for suggesting his country could learn from the nazis. >>> and fushl officials estimate 500,000 japanese students are addicted to online games and messaging. >>> edward snowden has walked out of an airport in moscow that has been his home for more than five weeks. the lawyer representing the national security agency contractor says russian immigration officials have granted him temporary asylum for one year. american authorities want snowden on charges of espionage for leaking details of the nsa surveillance programs. snowden has been holed up in the transit zone at moscow's airport since he arrived from hong kong on june 23rd. his lawyer gave an update on his status. >> translator: snowden has just left airport and has headed for a safer place. >> snowden had been asking russia for temporary asylum until he could relocate to latin americ
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Aug 7, 2013 6:00am PDT
unable to say how much of the ground water is getting into the ocean. please give us time to check on this. >> tepco managers are considering freezing the soil beneath reactor buildings. crews would bury a number of pipes underground. coolants kept at minus 40 degrees celsius would be circulated inside. the frozen soil would form something like a wall and act as a dam to prevent water from getting into the contaminated area. it would take one to two years to complete the work and would be extremely costly to maintain the cooling operations. also, no one has ever succeeded in keeping such an extensive underground area frozen for such a long time. industry officials will meet on thursday to go over details of the plan. >>> many fishermen call tepco's work to stop the leaks inadequate. the current situation forced them to make a tough decision. they've postponed offshore test catches planned for next month. member of a fisheries cooperative were going to carry out the test. the city is 30 kilometers from fukushima daiichi. fishermen suspended all commercial operations after the nuclea
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Aug 14, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >>> egyptian security forces are coming down hard on supporters of ousted president mohammed morsi and using force to clear two sit-in camps. spokesperson for the muslim brotherhood say more than 100 protesters have died. state run television says at least 20 people are dead. security forces moved in and fired tear gas into the crowds. then they started to clear out the protest camps. local tv broadcast show many wounded people being carried on stretchers. >> translator: security forces have used tear gas as well as live ammunition. that is not dealing with peaceful demonstration. >> interior ministry officials are stressing they use tear gas but not firearms. they say 200 demonstrators have been arrested for carrying weapons or ammunition. spokespersons say that security forces shot at them and they saw snipers on rooftops. ministry officials say authorities cleared one of the camps but the muslim brotherhood is organizing fresh protests in different parts of cairo and other cities. egy replaced the government with one of their own choosing. supporters call that that they've been on the str
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Aug 19, 2013 5:30pm PDT
will and determination in defending our territory, sovereignty and maritime rights. >> chang denied u.s. allegations that the chinese military is involved in cyber attacks on u.s. firms. he said the chinese are opposed to taking technological advantage to weaken other parties. still, he and hagel agreed to expand military cooperation. next year chinese personnel will take part in a maritime warfare exercise among pacific rim nati nations hosted by the u.s. >>> a senior u.s. lawmaker has called on japan and south korea to be more open to compromise when dealing with each other. relations between tokyo and seoul have soured over the past year. one of the main points of contention lies in the interpretation of history. japan ruled over the korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945. the chairman of the u.s. senate foreign relations committee made his appeal during a speech in seoul. robert menendez called on the japanese government to make concessions towards south korea. >> i do believe that historical issues need to be met and healed. i think nations are libber aid when they recognize their past. >> mene
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Aug 22, 2013 5:30pm PDT
companies. he denies that. bo is also charged with using his power to obstruct investigations into a murder committed by his wife. last year a court found her guilty of conspiring with an aid to poison a british businessman and sent her to jail. bo is one of china's so-called princelings or children of senior party officials mep was mayor and party secretary in the mega city of chongqing. party leaders expelled bo last september after the scandals involving him and his wife came to light. this trial is attracting attention in china and around the world, and it's not just because bo was once a rising star. nhk world is covering the case. >> reporter: bo xilai's trial is unusual for a number of reasons. foreign media are not allowed in the courtroom but chinese government officials are trying to keep them informed. they are posting updates on the social networking site and the court's media officer is giving briefings. >> translator: the court hearing was based on the principles of judicial openness and everybody being treated equally before the law and strictly following legal procedures. >>
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Aug 8, 2013 7:30am EDT
. observers say more clashes could erupt. u.s. secretary of state john kerry and eu foreign policy chief katherine ashton have released a joint statement expressing concern about the egypt crisis. the statement says they remain troubled that the government and opposition haven't found a way to break the dangerous stalemate but kerry and ashton say they remain ready to help in any way they can. >>> the u.s. and russia are still at loggerheads over the decision to grant fugitive edward snowden temporary asylum. washington admits that decision was a factor behind the cancellation of a moscow summit between president barack obama and president vladimir putin. the one-on-one meeting was supposed to take place next month ahead of the g-20 summit in st. petersburg. white house officials say obama will go to the g-20 meeting. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues where a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> she also cited the gap between the two sides on missile defense, nuclear disarmament and human rights, but she says that the u
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Aug 12, 2013 7:30am EDT
are also using more energy as they ramp up production. meanwhile, household energy use continues to drop. officials at the institute say japan's consumption may rise further in 2014 if the global economy continues to improve. >>> japanese wholesale prices rose in july as a weaker yen pushed up the cost of raw materials. bank of japan officials says the corporate goods index climbed half a percent in june, a month-on-month increase except for may this year. utilities surgeried over 5% month-on-month. gas and oil rose more than 2%. and food up 2% due to the rising cost of wheat and bread. >>> japan is jockeying for more positions in myanmar but they lost out on a bid to build a new airport near myanmar's biggest city. the contract will go to other companies from other asian countries. myanmar officials said sunday they selected a consortium of fis to build the airport, handling 12 million travelers for the year. the contract for expanding the old airport went from china, singapore and malaysia that will work with local firms on the deal. it will likely be worth hundreds of millions of doll
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